Nursing Program

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Nursing Admission

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) offers a two-year, professional Nursing program, leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in Nursing (AAS.NUR). Learning is facilitated through classroom activities, nursing practice labs and clinical experiences in community healthcare facilities. Upon successful completion of the RCBC AAS Nursing program, graduates meeting the NJ Board of Nursing requirements are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

To apply for the Nursing program, complete an online application during the designated period:

Nov. 1 – Jan. 31 for fall admission, decision will be emailed to RCBC student email accounts in late April. 
May 1- July 31 for spring admission, decision will be emailed to RCBC student email accounts in late September.

The Nursing program is highly competitive and requires students to complete prerequisite courses. Entrance into the program is selective and is based on academic ability and aptitude for a career as a nurse. Students are measured by ensuring they completed at minimum the following prerequisite coursework:

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology (3CR)
  • *NUR 220: Nutrition
  • ENG 101:English Composition I (3CR)
  • ENG 102: English Composition II (3CR)
  • BIO 110/111: Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (4CR)
  • BIO 114/115: Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4CR)
  • SOC 101: Principles of Sociology (3CR)
  • PSY 256: Developmental Psychology (3CR)
  • PHI 101: Introduction of Philosophy (3CR)
  • MTH 107: Introduction to Statistics (3CR)
  • BIO 155/156 Basic Microbiology and Lab (4CR)

*CHE 210 Nutrition at RCBC - if taken within spring 2015 - fall 2016 this course will be accepted otherwise NUR 220 is the required course.

All documents (i.e. high school transcripts, prior college coursework transcripts, foreign transcript evaluations/translations) must be sent prior to submitting your application to:
Office of Outreach & Admissions
Rowan College at Burlington County
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Foreign high school and or college transcripts must be translated to English and submitted for formal evaluation to an agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A student in need of this service can visit to find and select a member approved by NACES to perform their foreign credential evaluation.

Admission consideration to the Nursing program is based on an admission rubric that can be found below. Applicants will be evaluated based on their performance in the prerequisite coursework for the program. The most qualified applicants will earn the highest number of points based on the rubric with no more than three failures and repeats of prerequisite coursework. According to the RCBC Nursing Handbook, any course with a grade below a C is considered a failing course for the purposes of determining nursing admissions. The nursing program does not accept grades below C for required general education or non-nursing required courses.

Students with current unrepeated failures in prerequisite coursework will not be admitted. The students with the highest points, and most program credits completed without any failures and repeats are admitted first. Multiple repeats in any of the prerequisite coursework will be considered in making admissions decisions. Applicants will be ranked according to points scored and number of required courses repeated. The number of students admitted will be based on space availability, which varies by term.
Example of highly qualified applicant:

  • Student has 0 failures or repeats of required courses.
  • Student does not have any grades below a C.
    • If student has a grade below a C, they would need to re-take the course and replace the failure with a passing grade. Students with non-repeated courses below a C on transcripts will not be admitted.
  3 Points 3.5 Points 4 Points 4.5 Points 5 Points -3 Points
Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 and labs
Microbiology and lab
3 points per course
3.5 points per course
4 points per course
4.5 points per course
5 points per course
-3 points for failed courses
  • English Comp 1 (ENG 101)
  • English Comp 2 (ENG 102)
  • Psychology, Human Development,
    Sociology, Statistics, Nutrition*,
3 points per course
3.5 points per course
4 points per course
4.5 points per course
5 points per course
-3 points for failed courses
Prior nursing program** N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A -3 points for failed nursing course**

Students who have been in other nursing programs must have the program director from that college/institution email a letter to from a school official email address indicating they were not dismissed for clinically unsafe behavior. Please note: this only applies for students who didn’t fail or were dismissed from a previous nursing program. We cannot guarantee admission to students who have failed other nursing programs. Admission priority will be given to students who have never failed another nursing program or attended another nursing program.

Once conditionally admitted to the program students must:

  • Undergo an FBI Background check (fingerprinting required) and have clear (any charge regardless of degree or type that appears on background screen) results.

Eligibility for placement in clinical facilities is a requirement of admission and enrollment in the Health Sciences programs, specifically in relation to the Nursing program: NJAC 13:37-1.8 (h) “Before an individual is admitted to a nursing education program, the program shall inform the individual that a criminal history background check is prerequisite for a licensure as a registered professional nurse.”

  • Undergo a drug screening with negative results.

Admitted students with either a positive background or a positive drug screen will have their admission decision rescinded. Students who suspect they have charges on their criminal background check should seek legal assistance for expungement before applying to the program.

***The Health Sciences division reserves the right to admit certain students using a holistic review process.

Transfer of nursing course policy:
Students may transfer in the following nursing courses with a grade of B or better:

  • NUR 130/131/132 Fundamentals
  • NUR 140 Nursing care of the childbearing family (maternity)
  • NUR 240 Care of patients with mental health alterations
  • Completion of all general education courses
  • Completion of all courses for the 3+1 BSN degree at the 100 and 200 level courses

Students should refer to college policies on:

  • Number of credits that can be transferred to college for a degree
  • Number of credits that must be completed at RCBC for a degree

Out-of-county students are evaluated in the same way as in-county students.

Admitted students must be CPR certified through the American Heart Association (Health Care Providers/BLS), complete a satisfactory physical examination indicating they can perform the rigorous program activities, maintain malpractice/liability insurance and personal health insurance throughout the program and undergo a FBI fingerprinting background check and a drug screen. Nursing students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

Educational mobility for LPNs is facilitated through an LPN bridge course, NUR 118, which will run each fall and spring term as needed.

Nursing graduates may transfer their credits toward a baccalaureate degree in Nursing at various colleges, including the 3+1 program with Rowan University.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to guide decisions regarding nursing practice for individuals and groups within a complex health care delivery system.
  • Adapt therapeutic interventions to assist individuals and groups in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. 
  • Apply professional standards and cultural concepts in planning the care of patients with complex healthcare alterations.
  • Evaluate therapeutic communication strategies when caring for individuals and groups of patients with complex healthcare alterations.
  • Synthesize evidence-based research as it applies to the care of patients with complex healthcare alterations.
  • Demonstrate incorporation of professional nursing standards of practice and commitment to professional development into personal nursing practice.